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Grand Island city council overrules mayor on sexual orientation policy
Tuesday night, the Grand Island City Council made "sexual orientation" a protected class, by overruling a mayoral veto.
After Council members rejected his citywide proposal last month with an 8-to-2 vote, Councilman Larry Carney introduced the revised discrimination law to pertain to just city employee applicants.
Council members approved that policy 6-to-4.
But then, after asking each council member why they voted the way they did, Mayor Jay Vavricek vetoed the Council's ruling, saying there was not enough evidence of discrimination to warrant the protected class.
Councilman John Gericke's said he thought it was inappropriate that Vavricek asked council members to defend their reasoning on this issue and that during his six years in the position.
He had never been asked to explain his vote.
The council overturned the Mayor's veto with an 8-to-2 vote.
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